London Capital Ring pt. 9
Start: Grove Park
Finish: Crystal Palace
Length: 12.865 km/ 7.9 miles
OK, so not the most encouraging of starts to a day of walking. S.E. London suburbia here we come. Having walked beside the Quaggy river for a few 100 yards, I then turned left along Marvels Lane.
This sign evokes a genteel, rural idyll... unfortunately for the start of the walk the truth was far removed from this.
Entrance to the Grove Park Nature Reserve. Unfortunately the route didn't go in this direction.
Shaw Road and Undershaw Road, Downham.
The start of the Woodland Walk.
Beckenham Place Park.
Looking over the golf course to Beckenham Place.
Beckenham Place was re-built by wealthy timber merchant John Cator. He incorporated features of his previous house. The son of a Herefordshire timber merchant and Quaker, Cator joined the family business which had relocated to a new London base in Southwark, and sought to capitalise on the growth of the capital by investing in property, mainly in south-east London and Kent.
A first glimpse of my destination - Crystal Palace, from Stumps Hill Lane
David Wynne's 1961 statue of Guy the Gorilla in Crystal Palace Park.
Crystal Palace Athletics stadium
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